On Easter, we enjoyed a beautiful day in Michigan. It hit 75 and after a very long, snowy, and dreary winter, we were super excited to spend Easter with family close to Lake Michigan.
We greatly enjoy spending time with our family as it is filled with laughter, joy, and reconnecting. Of course, this is all centered around EATING. Eating food with our family can be a little tricky. Unless we are hosting, we can’t control WHAT is being served or HOW it’s being served. But we can bring alternatives.
Our daughter is now 16 months so she fully enjoys all food. In fact, yesterday my family commented on how many cherry tomatoes and carrots are daughter can scarf down.
“How did you get your daughter to like veggies?” they asked.
There’s no secret formula. We simply eat a clean diet and offer the same choices to our daughter.
We do still enjoy sweets as long as they are gluten-free, dairy-free and sweetened naturally. Tall order to fill? Absolutely, not. Do we have to be more creative and plan ahead?
Several weeks ago I decided to transition fully to a Paleo diet. I have had stomach problems (pain, trouble with digestions and diarrhea) for many years.
I knew it had something to do with the food I was eating. Although, I was stumped because I ate so clean but still had stomach problems.
After 3 weeks of being Paleo… I love it!!
My stomach problems are gone and I have noticed a drop in body fat and increase in muscle mass (I have an official BIA next week so we’ll see the exact transformation).
I’m not one to jump to conclusions too soon so I am giving it more time but so far I’m excited because after many, many years of digestive problems I could finally be free from them.
Could it have been the grain all along?
Very possibly but the verdict is still out. I’ll keep you posted.
Since I transitioned to Paleo, at Easter, my wife had the added challenge of finding something that met Paleo requirements but still sweet enough that Grandpa K would eat them too.
We want our daughter to know that she can enjoy sweets too just as long as they are clean and won’t cause her to have a sugar crash.
We had great success with two different recipes. Here’s the first one. Are you drooling?
Recipe 1 – Wannabe Chocolate Chip Paleo Cookies
Okay, so you may be wondering why these are called, Wannabe Chocolate Chip Paleo Cookies. It’s because some Paleo’s eat chocolate chips and some do not. My wife and I got into a debate about it. So we made them with the Chocolate Chips and decided to let you decide. Are these official Paleo cookies or not? 😉
– ½ cup MELTED coconut butter
– ½ cup raw coconut palm sugar
– ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
– ⅛ tsp salt
– ½ tsp baking soda
– 2 tsp lemon zest
– 1 egg, room temperature
– ½ tsp vanilla extract
– ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips (We used the dairy-free brand, Enjoy Life)
- Preheat oven to 350 and place egg onto counter to reach room temperature.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg.
- Add the melted coconut butter, coconut sugar, shredded coconut, salt, baking soda, lemons zest and vanilla extract to the bowl, and mix all ingredients together.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir into mixture.
- Spray baking stone or cookie sheet with oil and scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough onto sheet. Space cookies 1 inch apart.
- Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until the edges and bottom start to brown.
- Let cookies cool and enjoy with a glass of milk.
*My wife tripled the recipe and got about 30 nice size cookies. Often when baking with gluten-free flours or baking without any flours, baked goods will not rise or will rise very little. These cookies did grow a little in the oven but not by much.
Recipe 2 – Paleo Cookie Bars
Here’s what you need to make them….
– 1½ cups almond flour
– 3 tbsp raw coconut palm sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
– ½ tsp baking soda
– pinch of salt
– 1 egg, room temperature
– 2½ tbsps coconut milk
– 4 tbsps coconut oil, melted
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– ¼ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, and then add the liquid mixture: coconut milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
- Next, mix dry and wet ingredients together to form a batter. Don’t over mix or the batter will get oily and dense.
- Cover dough and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Roll the chilled dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper into a rectangle of about 12-inches long by 6-inches wide. Make sure the dough is thick enough.
- Preheat oven at 325 degrees.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips on top (optional) and bake at 325°F for about 10-15 minutes or until the edges and top start to turn brown.
- Immediately cut the cooked dough into lengthwise strips.
Enjoy with friends. The Paleo Bars can be stored in the freezer for a later time.
Both recipes came from the website: livinghealthywithchocolate.com. Check it out for more great recipes.
My Transition To Paleo
Many of my favorite calisthenic stars are paleo including Ido Portal, who I admire greatly.
But is it right for everyone?
I’m still doing my experimentation and doing my research.
As I said above, I’ll let you know how my body fat has been dropping and the increase in muscle mass.
The Primal Life Kit
I’ve been pouring through this Primal Life Kit. There are so many resources in here its hard to get through everything but am digging the information.
If you ever had interest in the paleo lifestyle I highly recommend checking it out.
It includes over 49 Paleo products for only $39. Here’s an image of everything that’s included. The Sale ends tomorrow (Monday) so if you’re interested, you might want to jump on it.
To your bodyweight success!